Offer Flexibility in Design
By April Hann Lanford
Welded Frames Offer Flexibility in Design
By April Hann Lanford
The beauty of metal frames is that you can take an industrial and raw approach to them, or in other cases, achieve a highly polished, minimal, and sleek appearance.
Steel frames have become more popular over the past few decades. For a more industrial look, the metal can be presented in its welded, untreated raw state. Surfaces can be intentionally distressed and weathered to add to the rustic appearance. Welded seams can be left as is as a decorative component showing the inherent structure of the join, or they can be ground to a smooth finish. The metal can also be treated to achieve different tonalities, ground surface textures, and sheens.
Stainless steel profiles usually have a brushed or a highly polished surface. Unlike steel, the surface does not oxidize over time. The brushed surface can soften the appearance of the frame while adding a subtle surface texture.
Bronze has a nice warmth and works well with sepia tones, iron gall ink, albumen prints, etc. The surface can be wax, patinated, burnished, hammered, and toned.
With the revived interest in warmer metals, copper profiles have had a resurgence. Hammered, lightly brushed and patinated, or highly polished, copper is still not seen much in framing but makes a striking appearance when used.
Aluminum frames are a popular choice for their lightweight and narrow profile widths.
Like brass and stainless steel, aluminum is often highly polished to achieve a mirror-like reflective surface. The surface can also be brushed or powder-coated in a variety of painted finishes and colors. Aluminum is typically the metal of choice when the cost is a consideration for closed corner frames.
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